The Stickler Weekly 185 Clue Hints

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1-across





22-across


27-across


4-down


6-down

7-down

14-down

16-down

17-down


20-down

23-down

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
Either a mixture of letters is placed inside or outside other letters, or letters are placed inside or outside a mixture of letters. An anagram indicator and containment indicator will be present.
The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

The structure of the answer involves either letters placed outside other letters, or letters placed inside other letters. Which type of container clue is determined by an appropriate container indicator.
A question mark has been used to indicate "language abuse", that is, a word or words in a clue are used in a technically incorrect way, but the meaning can be still inferred.

Example: A indeed (?) could mean to insert A inside deed.

The clue has two parts, each one defining the answer without using cryptic devices. Ideally each definition should have no etymological relationship.
A type of clue that involves the mixing up of letters without the inclusion of a letter or letters. This clue will have an anagram indicator to signify jumbling and a subtraction indicator to signify the removal of a letter or letters.

A removed letter may be as seen in the clue, an abbreviation for a word in the clue, or the result of another cryptic device like taking the initial letter from a word. Removed letters may be a whole word as seen in a clue, the synonym of a word in the clue (if that synonym is contiguous within the anagram fodder), or the result of another cryptic device like taking the middle two letters from a word.

The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
A word or series of words that signify the loss of one letter at the start or end of a word or string of letters.

Examples: beheaded, cut short, endless, nearly, largely etc.

A pointer that signifies the placing of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents) on the INSIDE of one or more parts of a clue (or their equivalents).

Examples: held by, kept by, embraced by - anything that creates the image of being contained.

The answer is hidden among the words of the clue. No spare words should be present. A suitable hidden indicator will point to the buried text.

Examples: part of, associated with, types of.

The answer is found by removing a letter, letters, or a word (either found directly in the clue or derived) from a word or words (or their synonyms). Subtractions involving synonyms must be done with contiguous letters, that is, a word will subtract directly unless specifically indicated. A subtraction indicator is present to initiate the action.
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12 Responses to The Stickler Weekly 185 Clue Hints

  1. Christine Hulley says:

    Pretty straightforward again, couple of interesting clues and I would have finished quicker I hadn’t misspelled one answer!

  2. Steve C says:

    I’ve completed the grid but it hasn’t told me that I’ve done it correctly so I must have made a spelling error as well, difference being I haven’t found mine yet. Plenty of scope for an error with some rather tricky clues. Will have another look in the morning.

    • Christine Hulley says:

      I completed the grid and got the congrats message, check your spelling of 7d, that is what threw me. Also 25a. Good luck!

  3. Richard Sternes says:

    Was going like a train.
    Then got shunted into a siding, still there!!!
    More later…………

  4. Richard Sternes says:

    Finally back on the Main Line. Yet another excellent Challenge David.
    Selection of tasty alphabet soups again including – 1a -27a – 6d – 14d
    Others of note 15a (which led to 16d) 26a (needed a bit of thought)
    1d & 4d (ditto) 7d (with you there Christine) &
    20d (too, too cute, but has generational implications!!!)

  5. Richard Sternes says:

    Seem to have a Soup thing going & it’s not really Winter yet!!!

  6. Arthur Maynard says:

    1a I got to use my incorrect word from last week, so the effort was not wasted.
    I agree with Christine, fairly straightforward except for confirming parsing.
    20d I have the name of a maiden in the middle, but even though I worked at Surfers in the day, I did not know any of them by name.
    23d It took a while to get the parsing because not all of the situations so described
    are dangerous.

    Really liked 18a and 22a – very droll

    My Guernsey this week is a tie between 1a and 6d.

    • Arthur Maynard says:

      Have not tried the grid before. Ecorded all my answers and it seems I still have one wrong. I will revisit 7d. If that does not work, I will justg have to re-examine them all.

      20d As they say – should have gone to specsavers or at least clue hints for my lovely meter maid.

      • Arthur Maynard says:

        Oops I used the number 1 instead of the letter I a couple of times. Not bad for a first time in the grid

        I was concerned about the parsing of 17d until I re-evaluated the clue hint

  7. Steve C says:

    Finally got it, had a wrong letter in 23d (still sort of worked). Favourites this week are 19a and 17d 😀

    • Arthur Maynard says:

      Suspect you had a k instead of an e. That is what I did at first but it did not meet the clue.

  8. Greg C says:

    Thanks Arthur, I also had a k. All good now.